Rosella at The Rand
Rosella, a coffee shop that caters to winos and beer nuts, opened its original location off of E. Jones Ave. in early 2014. The success of the coffee and booze combo led to the opening of the Rosella at The Rand. In the morning hours, the new Rosella features the same qualities that the original location offers: free Wi-Fi, tasty snacks, and refreshing drinks. In the afternoon, the vibe changes from a workspace to a restaurant by offering a happy hour, losing the free Wi-Fi and putting out a food menu that definitely offers more than just avocado toast.
The happy hour at the still-new Rand location runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The menu features craft cocktails, beer, wine and food. For the libations you will receive $3 off the menu price. The food specials during happy hour include smaller bites (pita bread and beer cheese, lox ragoons, fries or mac and cheese) each for $8 or less.
The Rand location is filled with young professionals and business types, such as members of Geekdom that head down to happy hour after working at their start-ups, and those from established companies in the downtown area — all joining to meet up for a drink and unwind after a long day.
: Rosella at the Rand combines the laidback atmosphere of the original Rosella Coffee Co., with the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. When I arrived at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, there were booths and seats occupied, but it’s wasn’t too crowded that you couldn’t find a seat. I ordered a drink off of the craft cocktail menu that was recently retooled. The craft coffee cocktails are a great deal for happy hour just by themselves. They range from $8 to $12 and during happy hour the prices are knocked down as low as $5. I ordered the Positive Tension cocktail, a delicious combination of Evan Williams Bonded, espresso, Cardamaro, Cocchi Torino, and orange bitters for $6. If you are feeling hungry, I recommend the chicken "spiedies," the skewers of chicken only cost $6 as well and are perfect for filling up. Go with a friend though, that way you can order different drinks and light bites to get a sample of the menu. Honestly, Rosella’s happy hour is great, the only downside I saw about it was that the complimentary Wi-Fi isn’t extended through happy hour. If it was I’m sure the place would be packed.
Erin Winch writes about boozin' in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA. Follow her on Instagram at @drinking.in.sa for more.